Haha, fair enough.
But I’m thinking of things that don’t necessarily relate to “design sense” per se.
Here’s a couple examples from the team that illustrate what I mean:
My mom taught me to go with my gut. That details can get in the way of the bigger picture and sometimes it’s better to just keep the momentum moving forward. (Obviously she didn’t teach me that for design specifically, but it’s definitely something I take with me in design.)
My mom taught me two key things that shape how I approach writing content, which I think of as simply a different form of design:
1. Logical organization saves people a ton of frustration. When you know where to find something, you’re not only faster and more efficient when you’re working, you’re just a happier person. Not that I apply that lesson to my personal life.
2. Writing matter. My mother cared deeply about practical and efficient communication. In fact, she was the first person to teach me that cutting unnecessary language—especially empty, idiomatic phrases—helps you be clearer and more effective in writing. The one that really ground her gears was people’s constant use of “these ones”—as in, “Which donuts do you want?” “These ones.” She was always telling me: “It’s just these, John. You want these donuts.”